Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
TELEGRAM. No. 99
From Admiralty Date
To N.A., Washington.
Following for Secretary of Navy (Operations) from Vice-Admiral Sims. Begins Twenty-nine. Mine-laying in last few days particularly
yesterday Thursday [16 June] indicates that enemy is giving particular attention to our forces (stop) Queenstown harbour entrance, Berehaven and Shannon River mined and unusual mining activity along south western shore line Ireland (stop) British mine-sweeping forces strained severely to meet situation (stop) About five hundred mines total swept up during past month. (stop) Queenstown was mined night before DIXIE’S arrival (stop) Two large torpedoed ships towed into Queenstown last two days. Ends.
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/656. Below the message is a notation indicating that a copy of this cable was sent to First Sea Lord Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe. There is also a stamp-“COPIED”-on the message as well. Due to concerns about the security of American codes, Sims sent many of his messages through the Admiralty employing its codes. This cable was sent to Commo. Guy R. Gaunt, British Naval Attaché at Washington (“N.A., Washington”), for delivery to Daniels and the office of the Chief of Naval Operations.